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Armchair - Kew


  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Leicester (made)

  • Date:

    1920-1928 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dryad Ltd. (makers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bent and woven cane

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Cane armchair. There is a diamond pattern woven into the back.

Place of Origin

Leicester (made)


1920-1928 (made)


Dryad Ltd. (makers)

Materials and Techniques

Bent and woven cane


Height: 97.5 cm, Width: 53.5 cm, Depth: 65.5 cm

Object history note

Purchased by the V&A in 1984 from Mollie Evans [84/633]. On entry to the Museum, its condition was noted as 'pretty good'.

Historical context note

At the urging of Benjamin Fletcher, Head Master of Leicester School of Art, former bookseller Harry Peach established the Dryad firm as a manufacturer of cane furniture in 1907. The venture (which would also include metalwork and handicrafts) was infused with the ideals the Arts and Crafts movement (mainly through the writings of Fletcher's friend, W.R. Lethaby) and aimed to improve the level of design and manufacture of British cane furniture, with progressive German and Austrian designs as the paradigm. The German manufacturer of Richard Riemerschmid's designs, Reimann of Dresden, provided much inspiration. It was Fletcher, rather than Peach, who designed most of the early furniture.

This model appears in Dryad's 1928 catalogue, priced at £2 7s 6d.

Descriptive line

British 1920-25 des. and man. Dryad




Weaving; Bending




Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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